Zindagi Gulzar Hai
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
Promotional DVD Poster
|Based on||Zindagi Gulzar Hai by Umera Ahmed|
|Written by||Umera Ahmed|
|Directed by||Sultana Siddiqui|
|Opening theme||"Zindagi Gulzar Hai" by Ali Zafar|
|Ending theme||"Zindagi Khak Na Thi" by Hadiqa Kiani|
|Country of origin||Pakistan|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||Approx. 40-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||MD Productions|
|Distributor||Hum Network Limited|
|Original network||Hum TV|
|Picture format||360i (SDTV)|
|First shown in||Pakistan|
|Original release||30 November 2012 –|
24 May 2013
Zindagi Gulzar Hai (Urdu: زندگی گلزار ہے; English: Life is blossomed garden) is a Pakistani drama, directed by Sultana Siddiqui and produced by Momina Duraid of Moomal Productions, which was broadcast on Hum TV. Based on the novel of the same name by Umera Ahmad, it was first telecast from 30 November 2012 to May 2013 in Pakistan. The story revolves around two people, opposite in thoughts and financial status, and has a strong female protagonist, contributing to its popularity amongst women. 
Zindagi Gulzar Hai also aired in various other countries including eleven Arab countries, several European countries, India and Iran. It premiered on the MBC Group in January 2014 in eleven Arab countries, Hum TV on March 2014 in Europe, and Zindagi on 23 June 2014. It has aired 6 times in Iran.
The story revolves around the lives of two families which are poles apart. Kashaf Murtaza (Sanam Saeed) and Zaroon Junaid (Fawad Khan) protagonists belong to these families. Kashaf comes from a lower-middle-class family background and lives with her mother Rafia (Samina Peerzada) and her two sisters, Sidra (Mansha Pasha) and Shehnila (Sana Sarfaraz). Rafia had been abandoned by her husband, Murtaza, (Waseem Abbas) because she did not give birth to a son. Her father married another woman, who did eventually give birth to his son Hamad. The family has to face hardships as a result of all this Kashaf develops insecurity and concerns about gender inequality, class difference and distrust in men.
Rafia works as the principal of a government school, and gives tuitions to children along with her daughters, in the evening to make ends meet. Kashaf, her eldest daughter, gets a scholarship to a prestigious university, where she meets Zaroon, who comes from a rich family. Due to her mistrust for men and views about class difference she does not mix with other students. She and Zaroon don't get along with each other especially due to Zaroon's flirting nature and jealousy of her out-performing him, a topper until then. However, Zaroon tries to patch up with her but his attempts are repeatedly rebuffed. One day she over hears Zaroon saying that he was only trying to be friendly as a challenge and to trap Kashaf and tarnish her image, Kashaf starts hating him outright. Osama meanwhile is shown to admire Kashaf's qualities and even defends her, telling Zaroon that he was the one at fault.
Zaroon's rich family consists of his father, Junaid (Javed Sheikh) who is cool and mature person, an independent working mother, Ghazala Junaid (Hina Khawaja Bayat) and sister Sara (Ayesha Omar), who has the same views about life as her mother has. Zaroon's circle of close friends consists of Asmara (Mehreen Raheel) and Osama (Shehryar Munawar Siddiqui). He remains unaware of the fact that Asmara is in love with him. Their families get them engaged but due to irreconcilable differences in life style they break off the engagement. At the same time marriage of his sister fails. Zaroon develops some notions about his ideal wife and he thinks and says that Kashaf has all those qualities.
In the meantime Shehnila gets admission to an engineering college, and Sidra is married in a good family to a doctor and settles in USA. Both Zaroon and Kashaf appear for CSS exams, and get admitted to the Pakistan's Central Superior Services. Her becoming an officer in DMG brings a change in the thinking and behaviour of her father and extended family. Zaroon and Kashaf meet in line of duty and he tries to make amends and attempts to befriend with her only to be repeatedly turned down. Kashaf believes him to be the same flirtatious and arrogant person as before. Osama proposes to Kashaf, but she rejects it. Shehnila gets a marriage proposal from rich family and Rafia wants her elder daughter Kashaf to be married first. Sidra comes from USA to help her mother find a suitable match for Kashaf. At the same time Zaroon talks to Sir Abrar (Behroze Sabzwari), who is a close family friend and was professor in university. He is a mentor to Kashaf and she respects and listens to him. Zaroon confesses to him that he wants to marry Kashaf and asks him to talk to Kashaf on his behalf. After initially rejecting his proposal, the two agree to meet at Abrar's house, where Zaroon prevents Kashaf from getting scalded by hot tea. She accepts his proposal and they get engaged and married. After the wedding Zaroon also establishes good rapport with Kashaf's family.
Zaroon and Kashaf eventually start getting to know each other. Later Zaroon and Kashaf have a fight as he comes to know about Osama's proposal. They reconcile when they find that Kashaf is pregnant. In due course Kashaf discovers that Zaroon is secretly in touch with Asmara. Thinking that Zaroon is having a romantic affair with Asmara, she leaves his house and returns to her mother's home. She starts missing Zaroon and dreams that Zaroon has divorced her. Zaroon also misses Kashaf but does not contact her. Kashaf realizes that she is really in love with Zaroon and yearns to go back to him and calls up Zaroon in night to tell him that they are having twin daughters. He flies the same night to meet her and they reconcile. As the love triumphs, their mutual love and respect grows. Kashaf learns lessons from life. Few months later Kashaf gives birth to twin girls, and their family and life blossoms like a garden.
- Sanam Saeed as Kashaf Murtaza
- Fawad Khan as Zaroon Junaid
- Ayesha Omer as Sara Junaid: Zaroon's sister
- Mehreen Raheel as Asmara Tariq
- Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui as Osama
- Mansha Pasha as Sidra Murtaza: Kashaf's younger sister
- Sana Sarfaraz as Shehnila Murtaza: Kashaf's younger sister
- Samina Peerzada as Rafiya Murtaza: Kashaf's mother
- Waseem Abbas as Murtaza: Kashaf's father
- Javed Shaikh as Junaid: Zaroon and Sara's father
- Hina Khawaja Bayat as Ghazala Junaid: Zaroon and Sara's mother
- Behroze Sabzwari as Abrar: Teacher and Zaroon's Uncle
- Maheen Rizvi as Maria Khan: Kashaf's University friend
- Shazia Afgan as Nigar Murtaza: 2nd wife of Murtaza
- Muhammad Asad as Hammad Murtaza: Nigar and Murtaza's son (Kashaf's step-brother)
- Kanwar Nafees as Farhan Zaid
- Khalid Ahmed as Wahab: Murtaza's elder brother
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
|Soundtrack album by|
|1.||"Zindagi Khaak Na Thi"||Hadiqa Kiani||5:00|
|2.||"Zindagi Gulzar Hai"||Ali Zafar||3:23|
Zindagi Gulzar Hai was originally broadcast on Hum TV in December 2012. In 2015 the series was dubbed into Arabic and was broadcast by the MBC in the Middle East, under the name Asrar Al Hob (أسرار الحب). The series was broadcast to 11 Arab Countries . The show immediately gained popularity and after airing its first few episodes, became the most popular drama on the channel. Before this some Pakistani dramas were broadcast in the Middle East. In 2014 the series was also broadcast in Iran and Turkey.
Television Rating Points (TRPs)
Zindagi Gulzar Hai started off very well than averaging 6.4 TRPs but after the climax episode i.e. EP. 7, ratings increased dramatically averaging and topping the charts every week. Then after the marriage of the protagonists, ratings started to further increase and now Zindagi Gulzar Hai averages 6+ TRPs with 6.6 TRPs as maximum until now. But from 3 May 2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai achieved 8.7 trp as declared by Hum TV. Many say that it will make a new record when its last episode will air. And it did by reaching a point till 9.5. It is the second highest-rated Pakistani television series. This drama got 9 awards at the 2nd Hum Awards, 3 awards at the 4th Pakistan Media Awards and 2 awards at the 13th Lux Style Awards. The role of Sanam Saeed was appreciated by critics. As for Fawad Khan it was the third blockbuster drama for him after Dastaan and Humsafar.
Awards and Accolades
|2013||Lux Style Awards||Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Won|
|2014||Pakistan Media Awards||Best Drama of the year 2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
|2014||Pakistan Media Awards||Best Director to Sultana Siddiqui|
|2014||Pakistan Media Awards||Best Writer to Umera Ahmed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Director Drama Serial to Momina Duraid|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Drama Serial to Sultana Siddiqui|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Supporting Actress to Samina Peerzada|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Writer Drama Serial to Umera Ahmed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Onscreen Couple to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Drama Serial Viewers Choice to Momina Duraid|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Onscreen Couple Viewers Choice to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actor Viewers Choice to Fawad Khan|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actress Viewers Choice to Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actor to Fawad Khan|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Actress to Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Hum Awards||Best Supporting Actor to Waseem Abbas|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Actor - Satellite to Fawad Khan|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Actress - Satellite to Sanam Saeed|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Writer to Umera Ahmad||Nominated|
|2014||Lux Style Awards||Best Television Director to Sultana Siddiqui|
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